Poverty can either make or break man’s destiny. It can bring intense humiliation to some and at the same time, it can make men full of resolve, hardworking and successful. Such men do not need government schemes or other freebies to progress; they script their own destiny. Vinayak Pandharinath Bhongale, owner of ‘Yogesh Enterprises’in Bhosari, is one such man, who despite getting through sheer determination and perseverance.
Bhongale halis from Yengaon village in Buldhana deistrict. His father was an army man while mother, who played a vital role in nurturing his as well as his siblings’ life, was a farmer. He was forced to take up a job of Rs. 700/- per year after flunking his standard X examination. But his elder brother encouraged him to continue with his studies and soon he completed his diploma.
“After the diploma, I worked with Bharat Forbes, Cooper and Bajaj tempo. But soon realized I was not interesting in doing job,” says Bhongale. He took a loan and purchased a land to start up his own business in August 1985. His relatives discouraged him a lot, since he neither had a business background, nor had any experience. But he persisted against the odds and set up “Yogesh Enterprises” in 1991. Since then, he has never looked back. Today, having made a name in the field of construction, his firm had projects of more than 1500 flats underway in Ravet, Charholi and Borhadevasti (Moshi).
On the princi-ples of his life, Bhongale says, “On the fifth day of my birth, circumstances forced my mother to carry me to her workplace. I derive this spirit of fighting the difficulties from her. She gave me strength through adversities; she’s my first idol.” He also takes inspiration from Swami Vivekananda’s words, “We don’t need religion, we need bread” and keeps telling it to others quite often. He is dedicated to philanthropy and believes that’s the ideal way of living. While keeping his professional commitments, he has always ensured the best standards, best practise and quality and has never compromised with customer’s interest.
He’s never shied away from doing his bit for the society, of which have considers himself an integral part. Through Swami Vivekananda Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, he started primary, secondary schools and junior colleges at Bhendwal, Dighi, Charholi and Moshi. Efforts to start an international school near Chakan are also on. Besides, he’s collaborated with different social organizations for various social projects across Maharashtra. Acknowledging the efforts of ‘Yogesh Enterprises’, Maharashtra Industrial Development Council, Pune awarded his with ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Vaibhav Puraskar 2011.’ Similarly, taking note of his enormous experience in business world, government of India has anointed him on the steel consumer forum’s national body.
He believes having a broader outlook always helps. On his future plans, Bhongale says, “After establishing out brand ‘Gandharva’, we have now elaborate plans to venture into finance, tourism, dairy, education, warehousing and other businesses”. He shares the credit of his success with his entire family and believes that his next generation will take his business to greater heights.